I’m really proud of my 19 year old daughter. She was offered $9/hr at a second interview today and declined telling them she couldn’t feed herself with that.

She told me she was polite about it, which she always is, but I was still a bit taken back initially that she would say this directly to the shop owner. It was somewhere she really wanted to work and has been going to since she was a kid. The shop owner who interviewed her acknowledged that it wasn’t a living wage and apologized that they couldn’t offer more. I realized the reason I was so surprised wasn’t just because my daughter is generally a bit shy and always non confrontational, but because this goes against the societal norms I grew up with.

I’m 41 and when I was her age I would’ve taken any shit pay they offered me just for the experience and so I could work at my favorite shop. And I would’ve been grateful for the opportunity for them to take full advantage of me. I would’ve never had the confidence to stand up to an older adult in a position of power like that. I told her I was so proud of her for knowing her worth and not accepting anything less.

This sub has made me realize that we ALL have to do this. At every interview, every job. I just accepted a new position recently and now I wish I would’ve negotiated for more. I will now the first chance I get. We can no longer accept the status quo of working for less than a living wage. And not just for ourselves, but for all of us. Employers CAN pay us more and they WILL despite all their bullshit excuses that claim otherwise. But we have to force their hand, they won’t do it willingly.

Most people think that you teach your kids, but really the learning goes both ways. And it never stops. I’m so thankful for the new perspective and for this sub. Just wanted to share. Solidarity forever.

Edit: Wow. I did not expect this to blow up like it has, and so quickly. This is the most time I’ve spent redditting ever and I do have to step away for a bit to get some other things done. I am blown away with appreciation and gratitude for all the praise for my kid. I just showed her this and she was as well. She wanted me to express her thanks to everyone for their support. It isn’t lost on her and she will be continuing to read your comments. I could see the confidence boost on her face and we had a great talk again about the topic and the days events. She is motivated to carry on her search on these terms and is grateful for all the votes of confidence!

More importantly to both of us though, it is so fucking awe inspiring to see all those who share my daughter’s attitude and outlook on work, or should I say the anti work perspective. I love all the “know your worths” and comments with a similar sentiment. This is how we change the game.

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